The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the world of sports. Tournaments across sports, including football, basketball, tennis have had to be canceled because of the pandemic. However, they are coming back, even if slowly and steadily. The tennis world has already seen two tournaments take place, even if one of them ended up being a virus hotspot. Now, one of the grand slams, the French Open, is set to come back.
Let’s find out more about the tournament.
HOW WILL THE FRENCH OPEN TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR?
As is obvious, the tournament cannot take place as usual because of the pandemic.
Thus, the tournament will take place with a smaller audience than usual.
The French Tennis Federation said in a statement –
“The number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50 percent to 60 percent of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected.”
This means that nearly 10,000 people would be able to watch the tournament.
Strict measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the attendees and to comply with governmental regulation. However, if the situation worsens, there might be a change.
“However, if the situation requires more stringent hygiene standards that force us to reduce the number of spectators on site, the tournament organisers will refund any supplementary tickets sold.”
Roland Garros, as the French Open is also called, isn’t the only grand slam taking place this year. The US Open is set to take place from 24th August to 13th September, but without any spectators.
Moreover, France was also hosting another tennis tournament during the pandemic, called the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. It witnessed 10 big names from men’s tennis compete for the title.
The French Open is scheduled to begin on 20th September, whereas the tickets will be available for purchase starting 9th July.